My mission is to help clients make substantial and lasting performance improvement.

services provided

Why Businesses Choose us

Robert C Gates Consulting delivers impact. Not only focusing on performance issues and current business challenges, I provide capability building for management teams:

Performance Improvement / Metrics Development

  • Safety
  • Quality
  • Delivery
  • Cost
  • Profitability

Strategy / Strategy Deployment

  • Board Member Assessment
  • Executive Staff Assessment
  • Strategic Planning
  • Policy Deployment / Hoshin Kanri

Leadership/People Development

  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Gap Analysis
  • Performance Assessment
  • Performance Improvement Planning
  • Coaching / Mentoring

General Management Consulting

  • Due Diligence (acquisitions / divestitures / liquidity options)
  • Supply Chain Assessment
  • Performance Assessment
  • Sales Funnel Assessment

Interim Support

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chief Operations Officer (COO)
  • Board Member
  • Key Executive roles

About us

Who Is Robert C Gates

Robert C Gates is a management consultant with over 25 years of experience leading complex operations, merger integrations, business assessments, due diligence, change management, organizational assessments, executive coaching and mentoring.

Education: BS in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute; MBA from Boston University.

There are three parts to Robert’s career; serving 6 years in the Army; consulting 6 years at McKinsey & Company; and working 15 years in numerous leadership roles in industry (Newell, Honeywell, Colfax, Boral, and Amazon):

US Army 1989 – 1995: Served 6 years as an Engineer Officer in Heavy Armored Divisions (1 st Armored Division – Nuremberg, Germany; 1 st Cavalry Division – Fort Hood, TX). Deployed with the First Armored Division to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm in 1990-91. Successfully conducted over 600 combat demolition missions. While earning a Master of Science in Business Administration, managed Corps of Engineer construction and service contracts across Germany for US Army facilities valued in excess of $20 Million.
Awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Iraq in 1991.

McKinsey and Company 2004-2010: Led transformational activity in a variety of functions: supply chain logistics, lean manufacturing, maintenance and reliability, production planning and scheduling,
ERP and IT Systems Management, and improving safety performance. Worked in production industries including mining, petrochemicals, pharma chemicals, heavy equipment, automotive, and call center
operations. Led problem solving workshops and programs to identify root cause issues. Assisted clients to develop and implement improvement activity. Provided coaching and capability building for client leaders and their teams.

Industry Experience: Robert led operations in numerous sectors: consumer goods, automotive components, industrial equipment, freight, logistics and ecommerce warehouse management.Robert
held a variety of functional roles: Materials Manager; Director of Materials; Manufacturing Manager; Production Manager; Director of Customer Service; Plant Manager; VP Lean Manufacturing; Chief
Information Officer (CIO); Chief Administrative Officer (CAO); Senior VP Operations, General Manager


What People Say About Us
Robert is a unique professional who has the ability to determine what needs to be done and then work effectively with people to get it done. His expertise spans functional areas - IT, Manufacturing, Distribution, People/Leadership, Supply Chain. I've worked with Robert in multiple organizations and seen the effect of his charisma and programmatic approach.
Susan Clapham
Clapham Consulting
Robert Gates is a well seasoned executive with capabilities across numerous functions. Robert led a major cost cutting transformation at a multi-billion dollar corporation that resulted in over $100 million in savings. Robert is a skilled problem solver who builds capabilities among executive teams. He worked for me for six years in a variety of executive leadership roles: Chief Information Officer (CIO); Chief Administrative Officer (CAO); and Senior Vice President of Operations.
Mike Kane
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Boral Limited

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